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Nazem Kadri Still Talking To Teams

Nazem Kadri remains the biggest name available among this summer's unrestricted free agents. Rumors continue to link him to the New York Islanders, but the center's representatives are reportedly still talking with other clubs.

Nazem Kadri remains the biggest name available among this summer's unrestricted free agents. Rumors continue to link him to the New York Islanders, but the 31-year-old center's representatives are reportedly still talking with other clubs. 

Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli reported it was premature to say that Kadri and the Islanders already have a deal in place. He pointed out they're just one of the teams that his camp is speaking with regarding a contract.

Seravalli thinks the Islanders have tabled an offer to Kadri. He's been told it could be a seven-year contract worth an average annual value of $7 million.

Kadri is coming off a career-best 87-point performance and was a key factor in the Colorado Avalanche's Stanley Cup run this spring. He completed a six-year contract paying him an annual cap hit of $4.5 million.

The Islanders' rumored offer is considerably lower than the $9-million AAV that some pundits have suggested he's seeking. It's also within the range of $6.1 million and $7 million proposed by The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla as the potential cost for the Avalanche to bring him back.

A seven-year deal is a considerable long-term agreement usually reserved for UFAs in their late-20s rather than a player in his early-30s like Kadri. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello would be taking a big risk making that kind of investment in a player whose skills will likely erode during the final four years of that deal. 

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